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Herman ze German Fitzrovia

Restaurants, German Fitzrovia
4 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 stars
(13user reviews)
Herman hot dog
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Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

The Fitzrovia branch of this high-quality mini-chain - some of London's best wurst.

In case you were wondering, that loud German techno-pop isn't coming from Charlotte Street's latest nightclub, but from the new branch of Herman Ze German. These sausage-sellers already run a tiny takeaway joint in Charing Cross and a much cosier sit-down space in Soho, but the Fitzrovia branch is different – brash and fast-foody, but with a fair amount of seating downstairs. The sausages are exactly the same – as in, really great (they’re imported from a Black Forest butcher who uses fantastic quality meat.)

Choose one of three kinds of sausage, then decide whether you want it up snuggled into a half-baguette, on a platter with fries, or as a 'no-carbs' option (with salad, or completely 'naked'). Extra toppings range from crispy onions and sauerkraut to the ever-popular curry sauce (a spicy ketchup), or of course you can add squeezy regular ketchup and mustard at your table. 

We loved the bounciness and delicate flavour of our smoked pork bockwurst, and the juicy, springy pieces of pork and veal bratwurst (£4.45 each). Sides of potato salad and slaw (£2.50) and mild sauerkraut (all £2) were decent, too. On our visit, the only disappointment were the fries, which were so overcooked and tough they looked as if they’d spent three weeks in Barbados holidaying with Donatella Versace. But service was extremely friendly, and at at these prices, you could certainly do a lot wurst. 

By Tania Ballantine

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Address: 43 Charlotte St
London
W1T 1RS
Opening hours: Mon-Thur 11.30am-11.30pm; Fri-Sat 11am-midnight; Sun 11am-10.30pm
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4 out of 5 stars

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4.3 / 5

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Tastemaker

I highly doubt that German bratwurst specialist Herman Ze German requires an introduction, all I can do is confirm that the hype surrounding Herman is real and well deserved. 


The currywurst is a winning combination: the bratwurst is meaty (apparently the best as it’s imported from the Black Forest?), the curry is lightly spiced and packed full of flavour while the crispy onions (should you wish to add this free topping) adds a satisfying sweetness and crunch to your wurst. There’s an element of customisation too: alongside bratwursts, you can choose bockwurst (smoked pork) or chilli wurst (smoked beef) sausages, you can have it in a roll or with fries, and even with a salad (no, just no). You can choose your heat from none to “ringer” which I assume is for nutters. You can even opt for schnitzel if you prefer.


At a price point of around £7- £8 it’s not cheap but if it’s Friday you can afford to reward yourself a little with a decent lunch, right?


It’s not the cosiest of settings, nor is it particularly a large venue at this branch in Fitzrovia (close to Goodge Street station), so expect to be cramped a bit around the busy lunch hour so beat the crowd by turning up early for lunch or later if you can.


It’s not somewhere you’d take a date, or for any special occasion, but if a quick bite is what you’re after, then this is perfect. Certainly beats that drab, sad sandwich from Pret you have every day.

Tastemaker

YES! I Love this place. You could say it's the BEST, not the WURST! Seriously though, their sausage is seriously tasty.

tastemaker

I was sceptical about Herman ze German, but I was very, very wrong. I loved the style of Herman ze German, and the simplicity of the laminated menu with a marker pen,


If you’re going to go to Herman ze German, you of course must try one of the wursts – and if you’re going to try any, try the ze Über Ding, It wasn’t quite what I was expecting – when I think of chilli wurst I think of hot dogs topped with chilli, whereas this was a sausage that had the chilli inside it. However, it was delicious, especially when topped with extra gherkins and crispy onions. The sausage was spicy and warming and the brioche was sweet which contrasted nicely with the flavour of all the toppings while the added gherkins gave it a sharp twist.


Another must-try dish, if you aren’t in the mood for a wurst, is the schnitzel. Served on the ‘plate of the moment’, white tin with a dark blue rim, the chicken schnitzel was pounded fantastically thin and crisp, and fried to a lovely golden colour. It wasn’t greasy, it wasn’t over cooked, it was just right.


Also, make sure you get the super pommes frites on the side – fries topped with cheese, chilli wurst and a sweet chilli mayo. 


What’s could go wrong? 

Tastemaker

Their wurst is ze best? I wouldn't know because I haven't tried every wurst in London but this one is definitely worth a try. Why? Because you have the freedom to pick which wurst, what sauce and toppings you want and it is quite a generous portion and the service is pretty quick. You have the options of sides topped with , again , your favourite toppings so basically you are the chef here. Great place to get your wurst fix!

Staff Writer

I love a weiner and Herman's got the best in town! This is by far the biggest Herman ze German in London and it's definitely the flashiest too. With two large seating areas, a cocktail bar and an eerie but cool bathroom, this is more of a destination fast food joint rather than a grab-and-go place. The hot dogs, as always, are exceptional and the chips are arguably the best in town. Throw in that German pop Frankz-Kola and you're laughing. Honestly, if I could, I would visit this place at least once a week. My only issue is that if you miss the lunch offer, it's a bit expensive.

Tastemaker

Good range of sausages and drinks. Had the chopped up mixed sausage selection just so i could try the differences and as i'm the greedy type I went for a large. Big mistake... it's a lot more filling than you think and i ended up leaving about 20% behind. Nice branding as well!


Probably the best place to discover German food in London !! Was lovely and tasty

Tastemaker

Highly Recommend!


A great homely style restaurant serving up delicious german sausages. I'm a huge fan of 'Ze Wilde Bock Roll', A smoky bockwurst with curry sauce, crispy onions, mayo and a handful of pommes frites. If german style hot dogs aren't your thing though, don't be put off! Herman also whips up an amazing chicken schnitzel sandwich. 


Its also reasonably priced with the 'Wurst Deal' costing only £8.55 for a wurst in a roll with pommel frites and a drink!

Staff Writertastemaker

A really good excuse to make lots of sausage jokes, and good food to boot!


Slightly more than you want to pay at lunch (you'll spend around a tenner for sausage, side and drink) but worth it on a treat day. The sausage is very smooth- if that's not your style get the schnitzel which is just as tasty.

The staff are super friendly and there is great bier on offer too. The downstairs space is crying out for some kind of sausage party, and after work/the pub is often quite quiet if you want to avoid queuing outside a burger joint in Soho (which lets face it you do).



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